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Maud Barger-Wallach (June 15, 1870 in New York City, New York - April 2, 1954 in Baltimore, Maryland) was an American female tennis player of the early 1900s.

In 1908 she became the oldest U.S. Open champion at the age of 38 (42- year-old Molla Mallory won in 1926, taking away her old-age record).

At the age of 61 in 1931 she traveled overseas with the U.S. men's tennis contingent, and when Sidney Wood of the U.S. won the Wimbledon Gentlemen's Singles over Frank Shields of the U.S. in the final, in a walkover because Shields was injured, Wood gave his trophy to Barger-Wallach to hold till the next time that he and Shields should play each other on grass (as at Wimbledon), telling her to give it to the winner. Wood finally met Shields in a tournament on grass at Queen's Club in London three years later, beating him, and Barger-Wallach then gave Wood's Wimbledon trophy to him.

She was inducted in the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1958.


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